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Live: Latest Huddersfield and West Yorkshire breaking news updates, sports latest plus travel and traffic breaking news on March 3

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Hello and welcome to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner's live blog on Monday March 3.

Over the course of today, the live blog, which runs to 8pm, will bring you all the news, sport, traffic and travel plus weather updates you could need.

We'll be telling what what's happening in and around our town today as well as in West Yorkshire and further afield.

We'll also keep you informed of what's going on with the M62 as well as public transport.

You can get in touch with us to tell us if you've spotted something you think we should know about by emailing live@examiner.co.uk or tweeting us @examiner


Roads: Traffic building up on M1 Northbound between J39 A636 (Durkar) and J41 A650 (Carrgate). In the roadworks area.

Linda Whitwam

Good morning everyone, Linda here welcoming you to another week of the Examiner live blog.

All quiet on the fire brigade calls this morning. I'll be making other calls and keeping you up to date about what's moving and shaking around Huddersfield.

If a cat coughs in Cumberworth, you'll read about it here first.

Linda Whitwam

TRAVEL: Roads around the town and, surprisingly, the motorways are fairly trouble-free this Monday morning rush hour.

Debris has been removed from the M1 southbound between J38 (Woolley) and J37  (Dodworth) and traffic is now coping well.

A reminder that a replacement bus service is running on Northern Rail between Bradford Interchange and Huddersfield until Saturday due to engineering works

Linda Whitwam

This week is National Apprenticeship Week. Kirklees Council and Kirklees College are promoting the event, which aims to get more people into apprenticeships.

After years in the doldrums, apprenticeships are finally being recognised as an excellent career path for many people. They are the so-called "middle way" for many young people who are looking to start a career without starting off at university.

More details for Kirklees businesses and young people here.

Linda Whitwam

The incredible story of a Huddersfield man who fled from persecution has been featured on national TV.

Daniel Habtey shared the tale of his journey to the UK from Eritrea with presenter Pam Rhodes on the Songs Of Praise screened yesterday teatime on BBC1.

Daniel, a member of the Elim Pentecostal Church, Huddersfield, was approached by the BBC programme to feature in the programme on Lent which looked at when people go through difficult times. Read the full story.

Daniel Habtey shares his incredible story of his journey to the UK from persecution in Eritrea with Pam Rhodes for BBC's Songs of Praise.

Linda Whitwam

SPORT: Gutted Huddersfield Giants star Leroy Cudjoe admits the Giants are struggling to go for the kill during Super League games.

In Huddersfield’s last two games, they have built up leads and then allowed their opponents to force their way back and gain something from the contest.

On Friday night, Cudjoe and his teammates let slip an early 10-0 lead to trail 12-10 at the break before regaining an eight-point second-half advantage and then falling away again to suffer a demoralising 22-20 defeat to Widnes. Read more.


Linda Whitwam

WEATHER: Huddersfield has  had 'wettest winter since records began', according to Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens.

50mm of rain fell on the town between December 1 last year and February 28 this year. That makes it the wettest winter since Met Office records began in 1908.

And while the last three months have been exceptionally wet, it wasn’t quite the wettest three months on record. That dubious honour belongs to the autumn of 2000 when a huge 467mm fell on Huddersfield. Read more of what Paul has to say.

Linda Whitwam

WEATHER: Spring is on the way this week  -well, sort of.

Signals are strong for milder air to spread to Huddersfield through from Wednesday into the end of the week, with highs of 13-14 degrees predicted.

It's all very different from the coldest March on record last year when 14" of snow fell in Huddersfield.

First crocuses of Spring on Huddersfield Ring Road.

Linda Whitwam

A high tech Huddersfield University facility holds key to unlocking 1860s gun mystery.

A CT scanner and X-rays will be used to uncover the story behind a single shot pistol, deadly at close range and ideal as a concealed weapon to deal with highwaymen or other ruffians.

And the chances are that it was made in Huddersfield.

The pocket pistol, which is believed to have been made in the late 1860s, is being examined by the Uni's Arms and Armour Research Unit. Read more.

1860s pistol is under investigation by the Huddersfield University's Arms and Armour Research Institute.

Linda Whitwam

HTAFC: What a win for the Terriers at the weekend - a 5-0 thrashing of local rivals Barnsley.

Five different players on target, three welcome points, one clean sheet and a happy afternoon for Huddersfield Town and their followers. The only disappointment from a match which began evenly but turned distinctly one-sided was that Nahki Wells didn’t make the scoresheet.

The club-record £1.3m signing was excellent, and playing unselfishly in a new-look formation, had a crucial hand in four of the goals. See the full match report and photo gallery


Linda Whitwam

NEWS: Some of West Yorkshire's most prolific criminals have been caught in an operation to round up criminals on the run.

A total of 30 wanted suspects were arrested in the one-day blitz when West Yorkshire Police's Operation Viper hit the streets of Kirklees, Calderdale, Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.

Viper, where specialist officers joined neighbourhood policing teams, was one of several recent operations to target people  suspected of  burglary, theft, drug dealing and similar offences.

Linda Whitwam

Linthwaite residents are celebrating victory following a London meeting  to improve safety at Grosvenor Chemicals.

Five members of the Colne Valley Residents Action Group and local politicians met MP Mike Penning, who is responsible for the Health and Safety Executive, to agree to three formal action points to prevent future incidents at the site and surrounding area.

The MP and former firefighter, who is the secretary of State for Disability, said that the HSE would carry out random spot checks at the factory,  which had a major blaze in 2010 which released toxic fumes into the valley. Read more and see the gallery.


10:35 am
Linda Whitwam

TRAVEL: Two lanes are closed and there is queueing traffic due to an  accident - a  lorry and two vans involved  - on the M1 Northbound between J39 (Durkar) and J40 (Flushdyke).

The accident is in the roadworks area. Congestion is back to to J38 (Woolley) and is affecting traffic heading towards the M62

A reminder that today is the final day of the temporary traffic lights and water main work on A628 Barnsley Road at Cooper Lane, Hoylandswaine.

10:37 am
Linda Whitwam

BREAKING NEWS: West Yorkshire Police have tweeted a picture of the lorry involved in the M1 crash which is currently causing delays northbound back to Woolley.

10:43 am
Linda Whitwam

NEWS: Dragon's Den star Peter Jones is to launch an enterprise course at Kirklees College.

He is is set to help Huddersfield students get into a head start in business with the college's new  Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Kirklees College will unveil plans for new courses endorsed by the tycoon at 4pm today at college’s Landings 72 restaurant  Chapel Hill. There will be an inspirational presentation by special guest speakers, and all prospective students and interested employers are welcome to attend.

Kirklees College's Huddersfield centre

11:01 am
Linda Whitwam

Do you ever sit and stare at the sky and wonder what's out there? I know I do.

Well, this week we have a chance to find out. Huddersfield Astronomical Society  is opening its doors  -and roof - to the public as part of National Astronomy Week 2014.

The Crosland Moor Observatory is holding  six free public events that start tonight from 7.30pm. The society hopes that the chance to see Jupiter, which will be in prime viewing position this week, through its impressive Meade 16 inch LX200 will especially encourage more people to take up stargazing as a hobby. Full details here -  I'm definitely going up for a look. 



Pictured at Huddersfield Observatory, Crosland Heath, society members Lisa Jeffries and Marcus Armitage prepare for the open week taking place during National Astronomy Week.

Linda Whitwam

TRAVEL: Two accidents have been causing problems on the M1 northbound near Woolley.

An earlier lane closure and queueing traffic earlier on the M1 northbound between J39 (Durkar) and J40 (Flushdyke)  because of an earlier accident have now been cleared.

However, there has been a second accident, causing the closure of one lane closed and queueing traffic on the M1 northbound between J38 (Woolley) and J39  (Durkar). This collision was between two lorries.

11:20 am
Linda Whitwam

GIANTS: Huddersfield Giants hooker Kruise Leeming grabbed a hat trick as the Under 19s opened their 2014 campaign with a convincing 38-12 triumph at Widnes Vikings.

The visitors dominated from start to finish and by half time had built up a 14-0 lead to underline their class. As well as Leeming’s triple, fellow Super League squad man and England Junior full-back Jake Connor also crossed for a try, while winger George Croisdale, prop Micky Learmonth and substitute forward Liam Johnson grabbed the others.

Another young first-team squad member, scrum-half Jack Miller, completed the scoring with five goals.

Kruise Leeming

11:31 am
Linda Whitwam

HTAFC: Huddersfield Town ambassador Andy Booth can't wait for the FA Youth Cup clash with Fulham. He thinks it will be a great experience for the Huddersfield Under 18 team to play in the capital.

Victory in London would take the team – who have been excellently guided by Frankie Bunn and Tony Carss – to the semi-finals of a competition which is still very highly regarded among all clubs in this country.

Some of the very best players this country has ever produced have first come to prominence in the FA Youth Cup and if you ask any of them about the honours they have won, they will always include the Youth Cup on their list. Read what else Andy has to say.

Frankie Bunn (left) celebrates the FA Youth Cup win over Manchester United with Tony Carss



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